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tonight on "world news," target libya. america and its allies now just hours away from control of the skies. so what's next for u.s. forces and what will gadhafi do now? radiation in food from japan. >> fukushima fresh vegetables. >> we do our own tests. and an american family after ten days of hope learns their daughter was lost trying to save others. men, women and jobs. which sex is getting 90% of the new jobs and why? and sibling secrets. are you an older or younger sibling? news by which order gives you an
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edge in health and happiness. good evening, as we come on the air tonight beginning this week together the united states is still in the middle of an international assault on moammar gadhafi's libya. but the battle is moving at breakneck speed. it is called "operation odyssey dawn" and as of tonight the skies are clear. gadhafi's forces have come to a halt though there are still big questions. how soon can the u.s. hand over the lead to other countries? who are these libyan rebels and are we even on the same side? and what is next? will gadhafi fold or could this go on for years? we have team coverage from washington to libya beginning with martha raddatz on what is happening right now. martha? >> reporter: diane, the no-fly zone is officially in place but only in the eastern part of the country, but that should expand over the coming days as more of gadhafi's air defenses are taken
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out. in the last 24 hours, at least a dozen cruise missiles have hammered libyan targets. two slamming into a command and control facility smack in the middle of one of gadhafi's compounds. since this air assault began there have been 136 cruise missile strikes. those strike as lone totaling well over $136 million, and more than 50 attacks from warplanes aimed at gaza's surface-to-air sites and military air fields. three b-2 health bombers dropped 45 2,000-pound bombs on the handened structures that shelter his fighter jets. here's what it looked like before. and after. some of the structures completely demolished. >> we have not observed libyan military aircraft operating since the beginning of coalition military operations. >> reporter: with the libyan troop advance halted for now and the air defenses significantly
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degraded, the no-fly zone will be expanded west towards tripoli, some 600 miles. but there seems to be confusion about what happens when they get there. that strike on gadhafi's compound, even though his iconic tent sits nearby, the u.s. insists it is not gadhafi himself who is being targeted. >> i don't know much about the location of the libyan leader nor have we expended any military effort in that regard but but t-- >> reporter: the bbc was told that depends on the circumstances at the time. just one of the problems emerging in this hastily arranged coalition. just days ago, the united arab emirates was going to send fighter jets. but not anymore. nor way turned around its aircraft midflight because it was unclear who was in charge
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and italy who opened up air bases now may take that offer back. and one big concern is still the mobile surface-to-air missiles that remain in libya. there are around 50 and move them around and can hide them anywhere, garages, under bridges and the problem is that pilots can't see them until they lock on to them and the missile is launched. diane? >> all right, martha, they don't know how many of those there are which makes the next 24 or 48 hours still very dangerous. thank you, martha. but another mystery, gadhafi's opponents, as we know the coalition led by the americans now finds itself in common cause with those rebels in libya. but are we really on the same side? abc's alex marquardt is in the heart of rebel territory and tracked down the leadership. >> reporter: the rebels today displayed a trophy of their new might. one of gadhafi's tanks captured thanks to help from coalition fighters above. the u.s. and 21 other countries are backing these rebels, but
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how much do we actually know about them? leading the fight against gadhafi is a man would worked with him for decades, head of his feared interior ministry. general abdul fatah yunis. in that role his job was to enforce loyalty to gadhafi. yunis told us a few weeks ago he stepped down because gadhafi had gone too far killing protesters. then there are the rebels political leaders. what did they want? you understand there is a lot of apprehension in the united states, the government feels like they don't know you very well. "we really do understand american fears," he said. assuring us they want democracy with political party, a constitution and elections. still there is a lot of keptism. >> there is cause for concern. we don't know who we're dealing with. only time will tell. >> reporter: what about gadhafi's claims that they have terrorists in their ranks?
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>> colonel gadhafi likes to play on western fears of islamic militancy and claim that somehow this movement is being led by jihadists or people linked to al qaeda. there's no real truth in that. >> reporter: as these rebels march on in their quest to oust gadhafi, little denying the u.s. has thrown its significant military weight behind a disjointed group they're still getting to know. alex marquardt, abc news, benghazi in eastern libya. president obama was 5,000 mile from the white house today in havensantiago, chile but fie questions and criticism from both mears he hasn't fully explained the u.s. strategy and concrete goals for getting out. jake tapper was digging for some of those answers today. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, for the third day in a row president obama spoke and tried to explain to the american people just why the u.s. is intervening in libya as more and more questions mount about the
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precise mission and how long u.s. troops will be there. as the coalition forces continue to pummel libya, the president spoke yet again today trying to explain to the american people a fundamental question, why is the u.s. in libya? last tuesday the president received intelligence that gadhafi's forces were approaching the rebel stronghold of benghazi, a city of 700,000 even more rapidly than had been anticipated. gadhafi said we will show no mercy. >> and in the face of that, the international community rallied and said, we have to stop any potential atrocities inside of libya. >> reporter: sources say the president was alarmed not just about the potential mass slaughter but also that not stopping it would say to pro-democracy demonstrators throughout the world that the u.s. has abandoned to you, would say to dictators that hosni mubarak was a fool for leaving and destabilize egypt and
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tunisia still vulnerable after their revolutions. furrer confusing a suddenly launched war, the president says he wants to ouz gadhafi from power but that is not the goal of this military action. >> when it comes to our military action we are doing so in support of u.n. security resolution 1973. that specifically talks about humanitarian efforts and we are going to make sure that we stick to that mandate. >> reporter: so another difficult question, what is the end game? the white house says that after this first phase of u.s. forces leading the air assault on libyan air defense and assets on the ground, the u.s. will pull back and hand over command and control to someone. when? >> we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not a matter of weeks. >> reporter: the u.s. role will then shift to provide low gist tall car while the uk, france and italy enforce the no-fly zone. but no one will say how long that will last. >> i wouldn't speculate in terms
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of length at this particular point in time. >> reporter: diane, after all, that first no-fly zone over iraq lasted from the end of gulf war i to the beginning of gulf war ii. that's 11 years for one no-fly zone. diane? >> the force was taken out by force. thank you, jake tapper. now the latest tonight on that disaster in the pacific, the latest on those troubled reactors and the reports that there is radiation found in the food in japan. what does this mean for americans? what food comes here? abc's david wright in osaka has that and the news on the effort to get those reactors under control. >> reporter: the frantic effort to cool the nuclear plant appears to be making some headway and radiation levels are slightly down. >> things appear to be on the verge of stabilizing. >> reporter: then last night reactor number three puffed out an ominous cloud of black smoke
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and work suddenly stopped. all workers on site forced to evacuate. those first responders are exposing themselves to potentially lethal doses of radiation and said this weekend they left home in such a hurry they had to say good-bye to their families by text message. "i apologize to them" this firefighter said to them his voice shaking. but as the water from their hoses cools the reactors, it's been leaking into the ocean, seawater just off the coast of the plant now has radioactive iodine at 127 times the normal level raising concerns about contamination to fish and shellfish. already the food supply is tainted. tokyo tap water shows elevated levels of radioactive iodine and cesium. milk, canola, spinach and other leafy vegetables farmed near the reactor are considered unsafe for human consumption. this local dairy is having to throw out all that milk.
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we have here an assortment of produce we brought at an ordinary tokyo supermarket, scallion, leafy vegetables and says right on the package, fukushima fresh vegetables. if you take our trustee geiger counter and hold it right up to the package it immediately starts to crackle. american consumers need not worry according to food safety experts. just 4% of u.s. food imports come from japan and any food japan exports is rigorously tested. "don't panic" japan's top government spokesman pleaded last night reassuring japanese consumers that anything harmful is being pulled from the grocery store shelves. david wright, abc news, osaka, japan. >> the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is now expected to top 18,000 and today for the first time, we confirmed that one of those victims is an american who had come to japan to work with children and died
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on her bike seeking to help them. abc's clarissa ward is in the hardest hit disaster zone reporting from morioka. >> reporter: an extraordinary tale of survival. a 16-year-old and his 80-year-old grandmother trapped for nine days pulled out of the rubble alive. today the teenager tells how they managed to survive clutching kitchen towels to stay warm. a refrigerator collapsed near them. in it coca-cola, water an bites of food. there were snacks, he says so i ate snacks. so we've just arrived in the city of aquito, a three-hour drive from some of the hardest hit areas and seen our first team of relief workers packing up this truck with fuel and with generators desperately needed supplies. at this hospital we meet sotomi. she was nine fronts pregnant when the quake hit. did you feel the shaking of the
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earthquake? "it was shaking so hard i couldn't get up so i just laid down on the ground" she tells me "my heart was beating so fast" with her 2-year-old boy she fled to higher ground narrowly missing the 30-foot wave that swallowed most of her town and immediately taken to the hospital where she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy yoshitaka. hello. there are many more who were not as lucky. today the first confirmed american casualty, 24-year-old taylor anderson from virginia was working as an english teacher. after the quake she helped get children to higher ground then headed home by bike. she never made it. her sister said she was living the life she always wanted. one life lost as another begins in this battered country. clarissa ward, abc news, morioko. >> still ahead here on "world news," it is men versus women in the search for jobs. can you guess which sex is
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calls and actually get interviews. in three years i've had two phone interviews which went nowhere. >> reporter: she is not alone. of the 1.3 million jobs gained in the u.s. during the recovery, more than a million, nearly 90% went to men. only 113,000 to women. and look at the retail sector. normally a workforce made up of an equal number of men and women but since the recovery men have gained 100,000 retail jobs, women lost that many. and the gap is widening in all industries. men netting a total of 600,000 new jobs, women losing 300,000. why? >> the people who are doing the hiring think it's more important to put men back to work because they're supporting families. but the fact is women are the main breadwinner in about 40% of families. >> reporter: but that's not the only thing at play. billions of dollars of government spending pumped into the economy meant to stimulate jobs. investments in infrastructure like roads left women for the most part behind.
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only 5% of women work in transportation. and they make up only 13% of the construction workforce. add to that massive cuts to public sector jobs like teaching, women make up just over half of the public workforce, but 8 out of every 10 public sector jobs lost belong to a woman. & we're talking about teachers, librarians, social workers, health care workers. a lot wonder why don't they retrain for other jobs? dawn, the woman we interviewed said she tried but lives in california and because of the budget crisis retraining programs were cut back and unavailable to her. she told us she is still, diane, filing at least a dozen politics for jobs every single day. >> and 90% of the jobs in this recovery going to men. >> going to men. >> real shocker. >> stunning numbers. >> and when we come back, thank you, sharyn, some of the day's other news. and if your neighbor gains weight why does it change your morning commute? [ allergies? you think i have allergies?
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we're always learning more about what it means to be the oldest in your family of siblings or the youngest. well, we have news tonight about birth order and health. here's john berman on health, wealth and birth order. >> reporter: fans of the brady bunch know marsha, the eldest brady girl seems to get the most attention. >> marsha, marsha, marsha. >> reporter: but according to a new study she might get the most allergies. 3.5% of second born, even less for third. scientists think maybe changes in the womb by the time baby two or three comes help build a stronger immune system in kids. also parents who hyper sterilize everything for first borns might back off for younger kids, enrolling around in the dust and germs might boost immunity. good tore cindy and younger siblings on facebook but not all good. take intelligence. one study found the i.q. of first borns three points higher
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then second children and four points higher than third. maybe it's all that special time with mom and dad. >> when the first born comes along and there are no younger siblings they have 100% of parental attention and parental investment. >> reporter: that can mean greater expectations and a greater sense of responsibility, hence leadership, 21 of the first 23 astronauts were first born. a disproportionate number of presidents and ceos, 43% first born, 33% middle, 23% youngest. maybe this all helps explain the differences between jimmy and billy carter, bill and roger clinton. in my family my older sister is a ceo more successful and smarter. me, i ended up on tv. we younger siblings do have to do things to get attention. be more creative, take more risks, ago like rebels, ben franklin was the youngest of 17 kid, stephen colbert, youngest of 11. 50% more likely to play dangerous sports which explains
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why older sister marsha had such trouble with football. >> hey, you guy, oh, my nose. >> reporter: on behalf of younger siblings everywhere, she had that coming. john berman, abc news, new york. and linda sawyer's little sister is very grateful for her as a sibling. thank you for watching tonight. we're always at don't forget "nightline" later and we thought on this first day of spring we'd show you more pictures of that super moon over the weekend closer to earth than at any time in the past 20 years. it was gorgeous. see you tomorrow.
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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
ABC March 21, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT

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